COLUMBIA STATION, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Columbia Hills announces their recent recognition by Cleveland’s Hot List: being voted the area’s #1 Best Golf Course. This is the second year in a row that the Club has received this honor, which is awarded based on votes from the local community. In addition to their #1 status in golf, the Club was also named #2 Best Wedding Venue on the Hot List, up from #4 in 2016.
Since changing ownership in 2014, the 90-year-old Club has refined itself, breathing new life into the benefits of private club membership. Owners and long-time members Fred and Kathy Ode are committed to preserving the rich history of the Club while enhancing it to be a family-oriented home away from home.
After the purchase, Fred, a local businessman as founder and CEO/chairman of Foundation Software (Strongsville), immediately began overdue aesthetic updates and improvements to the course and Clubhouse. This included eliminating out-sourced services and hiring a dedicated staff to create a family-friendly and member-centric culture. “We strive to provide the best possible experience to our members and guests,” says Fred. “This involves both a commitment to maintaining the natural beauty and conditions of the course, but also encouraging a pace of play that allows golfers to enjoy the sport they love while not consuming their entire day to do so.”
Besides golf, all members receive open access to on-site facilities which include a pool, driving range, patio and formal dining, pub, banquet hall, and events. The popular social memberships now have a waiting list to accept new members.
Updates have also helped situate Columbia Hills as a premier wedding venue in Northeast Ohio, according to Karsen Eckweiler, director of dining and events. Recent renovations create a fairytale experience for couples looking for the natural eloquence that the facilities and grounds provide.
As the number of members is at its highest in the Club’s history, Fred says, “We hope to make this club a long-standing icon in the community to be enjoyed by families and their friends for years to come.”
About Columbia Hills: A private, member-sponsored Club that is home to one of the most scenic golf courses in Northern Ohio. For membership information, visit www.columbiahillsgolf.com.